New Mexico Environment Secretary Ryan Flynn listens to testimony as a Senate panel considers his confirmation during a legislative hearing in Santa Fe, on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
The New Mexico State Senate confirmed Ryan Flynn Tuesday as Secretary of the New Mexico Environment Department.
Flynn has acted as secretary-designate for the department since April, after he was selected by Gov. Susana Martinez to fill the vacancy.
Flynn served as general counsel and legislative coordinator for NMED prior to the appointment.
“I am humbled by the confidence Gov. Martinez has entrusted to me and by the confirmation that the New Mexico State Senate bestowed upon me,” Flynn said.
Flynn said his approach has always been to make sound and balanced decisions by considering what was best for the environment in the state.
During a visit to Roswell last year, he said he was focused on water and groundwater issues, working with dairies and agriculture, and traveling to communities throughout the state.
“I’ve made a very concerted effort with the agricultural community of the state, which includes the animal agriculture industry,” Flynn said during the visit.
Martinez said Flynn brought a balanced approach to environmental issues, basing decisions on sound science and input from all parties.
“Secretary Flynn has shown himself to be a dependable leader for the New Mexico Environment Department,” Martinez said in a release.
Flynn’s confirmation was passed by a 30-11 vote.
State Sen. Carroll Leavell, R-Jal, said Flynn had proven himself as an outstanding regulator.
“Ryan has proven to be fair and even-handed in his regulation of our oil, gas and dairy industries in Southeastern New Mexico,” Leavell said. “Now that he has been confirmed by the New Mexico Senate, I expect him to continue to encourage a business-friendly atmosphere for our businesses at the Environment Department.”